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Camping with a Baby Twin Falls ID

Parents who say they can’t take the baby camping do have some valid concerns, so let’s chat about them. Where baby will sleep depends on what kind of camping you’re doing, but in most cases taking a small, lightweight travel crib is a viable option (unless you’re survivalist camping in a one person tent…then you might want to rethink the whole bringing baby thing).

Nat-Soo-Pah Hot Springs
(208) 655-4337
Twin Falls, ID
Campground Availability
1-May thru Labor Day
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Twin Falls 93 RV Park
(208) 326-5092
Twin Falls, ID
Campground Availability
15-Mar thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Laundry, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Hot Tub, Putting Green, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby

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Anderson Camp RV Park
(888) 480-9400
Eden, ID
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, REC Open to Public

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Bear Lake North RV Park and Campgrounds
(208) 945-2941
St. Charles, ID
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Play Equipment, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Joseph T. Fallini Campground (Formerly Mackay Reservoir BLM)
(208) 756-5400
Mackay, ID
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Oregon Trail Campground
(208) 733-0853
Twin Falls, ID
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Escort to Site, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Play Equipment, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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KOA-Twin Falls/Jerome
(800) 562-4169
Twin Falls, ID
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Twin Falls/Jerome KOA
(800) 421-7116, (208) 324-4169
5431 US 93
Jerome, ID
Campground Availability
72 Total Camp/RV Sites, 72 Electric and Water,

Idaho Panhandle National Forests (Sam Owen Campground)
(208) 263-5111
Hope, ID
Campground Availability
19-May thru 4-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Island View RV Park
(208) 264-5509
Hope, ID
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Escort to Site, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Lake Fishing, Horseshoes

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January 30, 2010 by Brea · 4 Comments  

WHAT?! Did I hear that correctly?

The baby's crib is behind this sheet!

What's behind sheet #1??

I’ve actually have heard and read this several times. It’s usually followed with statements like,

1. Where will she sleep?

2. But she still takes bottles!

3. He doesn’t even sleep through the night yet!

 (My personal favorite is #3 since I can identify with that misery…uh…that experience.) 

 The easy responses are;

1. In the travel crib.

2. So, um…take the bottles.

3. Then what’s the difference if he wakes up at 2am at home or in the wilderness?

But really, parents who say they can’t take the baby camping do have some valid concerns, so let’s chat about them. Where baby will sleep depends on what kind of camping you’re doing, but in most cases taking a small, lightweight travel crib is a viable option (unless you’re survivalist camping in a one person tent…then you might want to rethink the whole bringing baby thing). My friend has twin boys. She and her husband took them tent camping for a weekend when they were about 16 months old. Did it take some extra planning? It sure did. Extra packing too. But they did what many parents are afraid to do and they had a wonderful time. In their case, a large tent was able to accommodate the travel cribs.

the baby's crib

The perfect spot for baby!

My husband and I have 2 boys also, but we have an RV and floor space is at a premium. Our hybrid travel trailer has 2 pop-out beds on either end, so our 2 year old slept happily in the rear bed. The baby, who at the time was 9 months old and too young not to have walls or a barrier around him, slept in his travel crib on the pulled out jackknife sofa. And since my boys are accustomed to sleeping in very dark rooms, I was able to drape a dark sheet around the crib from the upper cabinets. Eat your heart out MacGyver.  (As a side note: industrial strength sticky backed hook and loop fastener is a must have for mod-happy RVers.) Just like home…sort of. We were able to use several bungee cords to make sure the crib stayed put. 

If you have water at your campsite (or in the campground facilities), use it to wash the bottles. But if you prefer, bring a couple gallons of bottled water and a little plastic tub for washing. One more thing to wash, but it’s worth it. We take a few bottles and use the campground water for washing/rinsing the bottles and use bottled water for mixing the formula. (And gosh, if you’re breastfeeding, you have even less to pack!) 

Sometimes baby can get a little confused with the new surroundings, so don’t be surprised if you spend a little more time doing the bedtime routine or rubbing Junior’s back till he falls asleep. If your baby still wakes at night at home, he’ll probably do the same thing camping. I have heard stories where baby sleeps far better (and later) while camping than at home. We’re still waiting for that to happen to us. I won’t hold my breath. 

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